Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program


Overview: The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal grant program administered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS). The Fund consists of two parts or sides: the federal and the state side. The latter is for projects sponsored by local, regional, and state entities. The state-side LWCF program provides up to 50% matching funds to create public outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.

Alaska: More than $36 million in LWCF grants has been invested in over 330 projects in Alaska since inception of the program in 1965. Locally sponsored projects include a skate park in Sitka, ball field in Barrow, rifle range in Kodiak, community garden in Bethel, tot lot in Kotzebue, ski area in Cordova, and a swim beach in Fairbanks. LWCF investment in State-sponsored sites include Chugach State Park, Clam Gulch State Recreation Area (SRA), Nancy Lake SRA, and Chena River SRA.

Eligible Applicants: State, regional or local governments with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public land are eligible to apply for LWCF assistance.

Reimbursable & Matching: A grantee/sponsor does not receive a cash grant at the time of project approval. Instead, a grantee pays project costs and is reimbursed up to 50% of the documented eligible expenses. The grantee may request quarterly reimbursements. Match may come from sources such as local appropriations or bonds, in-kind use of equipment, materials and labor, or donations and volunteer time.

Funding Priorities: (from the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: 2009-2014, extended through December 2016)

    High State Priorities

  • Rehab, upgrade or expand existing high-demand facilities or trails
  • Meet ADA accessibility requirements, or complete ADA inventory of rec facilities and trails


   
 High Community Priorities (Local or Regional Sponsors)

  • Community Parks/Playgrounds
  • Trails/trailheads
  • Rehab, upgrade or expand existing facilities



LWCF Grant Round:
Anticipated to open in July 2016 for at least 90 days - dates to be announced
Anticipated Floor: $25,000 (project at least $50,000)
Anticipated Ceiling: $125,000 (project at least $250,000)

Alaska's Outdoor Legacy, Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), 2009- 2014 (Extended through December 2016)
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SCORP Summary - 2009-2014 (Extended through December 2016)
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Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Draft 2016-2021 is now online for review and public comments. To review the draft plan, click http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/scorp and then follow the link to the comments page.

For more information, contact the LWCF Grants Administrator at jean.ayers@alaska.gov or 907-269-8694.